Accelerate October 2022

heading south for the winter. And perhaps most importantly, millennials and Gen Z generally have not shown interest in working in the industries that madeWisconsin. There is hope. We have seen what the future of industry looks like right here inWaukesha County. Companies like Generac, Milwaukee Tool and HUSCO continue to make substantial investments in our local communities. But how can we ensure that the state of Wisconsin can meet the needs of its growing employers as industries continue to evolve at a breakneck pace? Industrial is What We Do is an easy-to-read playbook that was written to provide solutions for a handful of Wisconsin’s biggest economic challenges. The book was inspired by much of the work that theWaukesha County Business Alliance has been performing around talent development. Industry thought leaders such as Suzanne Kelley, Rich Barnhouse, Kent Lorenz, Matt Neumann and Austin Ramirez all provide their insights on topics such as workforce development, education, workforce housing, automation, and most importantly WHY a company should invest in Wisconsin. One of the pleasant surprises that I learned throughout this project was the nationally recognized strength of our technical college system. Nearly 250,000 people per year enroll inWisconsin’s technical college system and 94 percent of the graduates are taking jobs for Wisconsinbased companies. The results are so impressive that I have pledged all proceeds of book sales to a new scholarship fund at Waukesha County Technical College which will be called Wisconsin 2030. While we face many challenges, they are not insurmountable. Nearly all states across the country, especially the upper Midwest, are confronting the exact same challenges that we are. Let’s build upon our foundation of industry and get to work makingWisconsin the best possible place to do business. • "...I have pledged all proceeds of book sales to a new scholarship fund atWCTC which will be calledWisconsin 2030." Headquarters: 262 662.5551 13890 Bishops Dr., Ste. 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 Design-Build Design-Assist Pre-Construction Construction Remodels National Brand Programs 9 OCTOBER 2022 MAGAZINE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD